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The Prince 0th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0881334448
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"It is clearly an exacting translation, superior to those currently available, and the notes are extraordinarily helpful." --Rush Welter, Bennington College

"A first-class edition for the scholar-teacher who is concerned about the literal, as well as connotative, meanings of the text. Highly recommended." --William Metcalfe, University of Vermont

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Consider these Machiavelli translations also available from Waveland Press: Clizia (ISBN 9780881339024) and Mandragola (ISBN 9780971974571).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Waveland Pr Inc (May 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881334448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881334449
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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make sure you read this book for yourself, outside of a school setting, at least once.
i found after reading it a few times taht a lot that is taught is pulled from a single sentence and disregards the rest of machiavelli's ideas (and isn't actually even completely true to what he believes should be done!!)
i won't spoil it for you, but it is short, won't take long to read, and provides great thinking material!
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Having read a number of different translations of The Prince since first getting a copy as a present 30-some years ago ( A... I am still "reading and learning"), they all read... clumsy at some point. I first became aware of this de Alvarez translation as part of a grad school reading list. I had let out a loud sigh while I read the class syllabus, prompting the professor to ask what was wrong. When I explained, they smiled and said, "Oh, don't worry. You are going to like this one." They were absolutely correct.

Yes, the de Alvarez includes a lot of chapter notes. They are easy enough to ignore, skim, or if you get _really_ interested, they make excellent starting points for moving onto a deeper understanding of The Prince.

There is another edition I highly recommend, either as an alternate to de Alvarez, or as a supplement to any translation (including de Alvarez):

The Prince (Translated and Edited by Robert M. Adams) Norton Critical Edition (Second Edition). ISBN 9 780393 962208, Supplemental Pricing Code 90000, Human Readable Text 0-393-96220-2.

The Norton Edition footnotes and marginalia are top-notch, with supplements that provide excellent context for the writing of The Prince. Well worth the $15 to $20 USD price.
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i got this book for a class but i ended up really liking it. there are many things that are true today that machiavelli wrote about. i would recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a good philosophical read
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I bought this book for a philosophy seminar I took at the college level. This book was very well used and very well read. It was incredible to pick apart this book and discuss Machiavelli.
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The only translation that matters.
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